Alum becomes 1st DO to lead Dallas County Medical Society

walton-DCMSinstallation15-B-web-2

In the late 1970s when Jim Walton, DO, MBA, graduated from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, he and others faced a clear and inconsistently applied bias against the profession.

What a difference 40 years make.

Dr. Walton was recently installed as the 132nd president of the Dallas County Medical Society and the first osteopathic physician to serve in the position.  In his new role, he’ll lead the second-largest county medical society in the United States with more than 7,000 physicians, medical students and residents.

“Being the first osteopathic physician to serve as president was a little bit of a surprise,” Dr. Walton said. “But having worked with the medical society a dozen years, and considering the relationships I built with physician leaders around care for the underserved, it just seemed a natural next step to participate in the over-arching leadership, too.”

He credits TCOM with producing many skilled physicians who worked diligently to break down barriers against osteopathic physicians in all fields of health care delivery and management.

“It’s a tribute to the school and the work that has been done over the decades,” he said.

Since graduating from TCOM in 1982, Dr. Walton initially practiced as an internist in Waxahachie before transitioning to health care management for Baylor Health Care System in Dallas.  He earned an MBA at the University of Michigan in 2009.

But he has never lost sight of his goal to provide medical services to the economically disadvantaged. For 12 years he was active with the Dallas County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association, working to improve Medicaid operations and funding.

Additionally, at the Dallas County Medical Society, Dr. Walton served as medical director for Project Access Dallas, a network of 2,000 physicians and 15 hospitals providing comprehensive health care access to uninsured people throughout Dallas County.

Currently, as president & CEO of Genesis Physicians Group, he oversees the largest independent practice association in North Texas, supporting 1,400 doctors in their efforts to provide quality medical care while transitioning to accountable care management and clinical integration.

In his new role as DCMS president, he plans to work with the organization to identify how physicians can focus on vulnerable populations during this period of rapid marketplace change, while simultaneously supporting physicians who wish to maintain independent private practices.

Recent News

Techstars Demo Day.
  • On Campus
|Dec 1, 2022

Techstars Demo Day brings innovation to the historic stockyards

For the last 13 weeks, the founders of 10 of the world’s most innovative startups have been in Fort Worth perfecting their new physical health technology. They are part of the world’s first physical health accelerator, and now they are ready to show the fruits of their labor. Techstars Demo D...
Dr. Sid O'bryant Award
  • Our People
|Dec 1, 2022

HSC named the winner of the D Magazines 2022 Achievement in Medical Research Award

The extensive research done by Dr. Sid O’Bryant and his team at the Institute of Translational Research has earned the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth the 2022 Medical Research Award by D Magazine. Dr. O’Bryant, the executive director of the ITR and a professor at t...
Dr. John Licciardone
  • Our People
|Nov 30, 2022

Key study results from HSC’s PRECISION Pain Research Registry published in JAMA Network Open

The Journal of the American Medical Association – Network Open has published findings from a recent HSC study about chronic lower back pain, race and the patient-physician relationship. The study revealed that Black patients reported worse outcomes for low back pain intensity and back-related d...
Ram flyer
  • Community
|Nov 23, 2022

Free pop-up medical, vision and dental clinic is just a week away

  The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and Remote Area Medical – RAM® — a nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics that delivers free quality dental, vision and medical care to those in need — are bringing the free health care clinic to Dallas on Dec. 3 and 4....